2012 SsangYong Korando SPR 2.0 turbo common rail diesel from Australia and New Zealand
For the extra $15k, the Mazda or Kia are not worth the extra money, just get a Korando
My first day owning the car; it's the ex demo model from the yard.
Left front stereo speaker hasn't been working - need to take it back tomorrow to get the dealer to fix it. Probably just a wire come loose behind the stereo, so it hasn't affected my opinion of the car.
Plastic everywhere on the dash, front grille etc. Looks nice, but I can tell it's cheaply made. However this can be a good thing with 3D printers becoming more and more common; I can see a market for replacement grilles, door handles and cheap parts to replace the plastic in the Korando.
Nice to drive. It's got 130kw of engine power. Comparable models, such as the Nissan Qashqai that I was also looking at (which is only available in petrol) only have about 100kw of power. It's not for racing, but when I put my foot down it has some pickup. Going up hills is no problem.
I got the AWD model - it has a 4WD lock mode. Apparently it can automatically switch to 2WD mode when it's in AWD mode. I am told this saves fuel from people who have a 2WD/4WD switch.
Leather interior - all the seats are leather. It's quite nice.
It has heaps of little functions that make it nicer to drive:
- Seat warmers.
- Full electric driver's seat.
- Downlights under the wing mirrors, so it lights up around the doors so you can see what you are doing in the dark.
- Factory installed alarm and engine isolator makes the insurance cheaper.
- Bluetooth in the stereo, with a good amount of buttons on the steering wheel.
- You can change the angle of the headlamps from a switch on the dashboard when you have heaps of weight, so you don't blind oncoming drivers.
The trip counter I LOVE. It tells you your diesel usage as you drive, so you can conserve and drive more efficiently. Also does the average fuel usage over the trip, and has a dual odometer for trip 1/2 modes.
Heaps of space in the back seats. You can sit 3 adults in the back no problem - there is also no transmission hub where the rear centre passenger would normally have their feet - it's just nice and flat.
Luggage hooks everywhere.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th January, 2014